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Today's post is a bit late (as a Friday post) because I went to the movies for this hilarious thing.

I caught sight of the copters while on the road holding the NX10 mounted with the long zoom lens.

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The copters are two of the rescue aircraft of Hong Kong's Government Flying Service (GFS), previously known as the Royal Flying Service during the days of the British's rule.  Well, there were lots or royal this and royal that then.

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Maybe because of the sovereignty change, the GFS didn't use the Black Hawk of the US soon after the British administration left and switched to the Eurocopter Super Puma AS332 L2 Helicopter (first photo, and the one immediately below) and Eurocopter EC155 B1 Helicopter (rest of the shots).

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Interestingly, there is a big mistake about the name of the EC155 copter.  Locally, it is dubbed the dolphin copter (well, versus the hawk).  Fact is, the copter belongs to the Dauphin family of copter; so, dauphin rather than dolphin.  There is a big difference.

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The difficulties about shooting the pictures were the relatively slower focusing speed of the camera, the high contrast between the sky and the copters and the thin mists of water droplets  blown to my position when the copters went near the waters.

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I switched to the manual focus and overexposed a bit, leaving the tweaking for the contrast to the PP process, and moved to a higher ground for some of the shots.  I hoped I had had a filter with me.

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